Bereket Simon, a former senior official of the Ethiopian government and a leading figure in Ethiopian politics over the past 3 decades, has been arrested by the Federal Police in Addis Ababa. Tadesse Kassa, another former senior official, has also been arrested this morning.
Both Bereket and Tadesse have been suspected of misusing funds from TIRET Corporation. TIRET is a business conglomerate that is controlled by the Amhara Democratic Party (APA), which used to be known as Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM) before it has changed its name this year.
Until PM Abiy Ahmed came to power last April, Bereket had been one of the most powerful and influential politicians in Ethiopia.
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